- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579908586
- ISBN-13: 978-1579908584
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down: Fabulous Seamless Patterns to Suit Your Style Hardcover – March 1, 2007
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About the Author
Cathy Carron is the author of Hip Knit Hats 9781579906443. She previously owned a children's jumper company and currently knits professionally for her business, Pond Edge Bespoke Handknit Hats. Her hand-knits are sold in retail outlets in Connecticut and New York City, where she currently lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
First, what I liked about the book: the section on necklines and collars was good. I get tired of the old crew neck sweater, and this book has given me the idea to try a polo neck. Some of the sweaters are pretty and I think they can be used as inspiration.
What I didn't like: everything else. The author claims her way of starting at the collar and avoiding any shaping of the neck is revolutionary. It's not. It's simplistic and makes a garment lie funny. Putting more stitches on the front than on the back couldn't possibly make up for no neck shaping. I myself do not mind going back and picking up stitches around the neck to make the collar. It gives a more polished look. You can tell by looking at the photographs that some of the models have the front of the sweater riding up on their necks. I want to tug down the front of my own sweater just looking at them! The sweaters with wider, deeper necklines look OK without any shaping.
And the armpits on the sweaters are very deep. One reason for making top-down sweaters is so that you can try it on as you go. If you're already at the underam and you still don't have the required number of stitches, don't keep knitting! Just cast on the extra stitches at the underarms.
I wouldn't waste my money on this book. There are only a few sweaters that are attractive enough to even use as inspiration, and the design information given leaves a lot to be desired.
The pictures and instructions are clear and easy to follow.